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SAGE is leading a collaborative effort to develop a technical guidance document that defines the NJDEP regulatory requirements for installing and operating hydrokinetic (hydro, tidal, and wave) technologies in New Jersey water bodies for electricity generation. The document will outline the required scientific and technical performance data to establish independently verified performance claims that the operation of the respective hydrokinetic power generating devices are in compliance with NJDEP regulatory standards, and will not cause negative impacts to the environment, ecosystem habitats, and human health in NJ.

Collaborating with SAGE in this effort are NJDEP’s Division of Land Use Regulation, Office of Science, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning, Office of Engineering and Construction, Division of Water Supply, and Office of Permit Coordination and Environmental Review. Other New Jersey State agencies that will be part of this collaborative effort are Board of Public Utilities (BPU), Economic Development Authority (EDA), and Department of Transportation (DOT).

Since the installation and operation of hydrokinetic power generation devices in NJ water bodies require federal oversight, the NJDEP will be coordinating permit review activities with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

The technical guidance document will be posted upon completion. For updates on the status of the document, please contact Ravi Patraju at ravi.patraju@dep.nj.gov or (609) 341-2183.

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